Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

Kavanaugh and his family with President Donald Trump in 2018

President Donald Trump selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States with an announcement on July 9, 2018, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Anthony Kennedy.[1] Kavanaugh's nomination needs to be confirmed by the United States Senate before he can join the Supreme Court. When nominated, Kavanaugh was a sitting judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to which he had been appointed by George W. Bush.


Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on June 27, 2018, after having served on the court for over 30 years. His resignation is set to become effective on July 31, 2018.

From 1993 to 1994, Kavanaugh served as a law clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy.[2]

Nomination to the Supreme Court[]

Kavanaugh was officially announced as the nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on July 9, 2018, selected as the Supreme Court nominee from among a list of "25 highly qualified potential nominees" considered by the Trump Administration.[3] Reasons cited by President Trump for the nomination of Kavanaugh included his "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law" with the emphasis that "what matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require."[4]

Kavanaugh's nomination must be confirmed by the United States Senate before his appointment to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has stated that if he is confirmed by the Senate, he will "keep an open mind in every case" and that he "will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American Rule of Law".[4]

Senate confirmation process[]

On July 10, 2018, Kavanaugh's nomination was officially sent to the Senate.[5] His nomination is currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Senate Republicans have expressed support for Kavanaugh's nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated his intent to support the nomination, referring to Kavanaugh as "highly regarded throughout the legal community".[6] The Republican Party currently holds a 51–49 majority in the Senate.[7]

Liberal professor Akhil Reed Amar from Yale Law School called the nomination of Kavanaugh Trump's "finest hour, his classiest move". Amar also remarked that Kavanaugh "commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers, and jurists".[8]


A number of notable Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have stated intent to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation.[6]

It was also reported by Vox, that some Social conservatives are disappointed that Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh. The American Family Association, a socially conservative organization founded in 1977, immediately called on its members to rally against Kavanaugh, another organization, March for Life, had concerns about Kavanaugh that its leadership shared with Vice President Mike Pence, arguing that the judge lacked the “backbone” to overturn Roe v. Wade.[9]

David A. French of the National Review lamented the choice of Kavanaugh without actually opposing it, calling him an "establishment" pick, a "safe choice", and an "elitist's elitist".[10]

An open letter rebuking Yale Law School over a press release celebrating Kavanaugh's nomination was signed by over 600 of its alumni.[11][12]

Confirmation hearing date[]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that Kavanaugh's hearings will occur prior to the November midterm elections. While the exact date has not been declared, it has been stated that the hearings will occur during September or October 2018.[13]

See also[]


  1. ^ Williams, Pete (July 9, 2018). "Trump to tap federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court". NBC News. Retrieved July 9, 2018. 
  2. ^ Liptak, Adam. "Brett Kavanaugh, a Conservative Stalwart in Political Fights and on the Bench". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  3. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States". The White House. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Remarks by President Trump Announcing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the Nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States". The White House. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  5. ^ "One Nomination Sent to the Senate Today". Retrieved July 16, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Darrah, Nicole. "Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court cheered by conservatives". Fox News. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  7. ^ Bush, Daniel. "The politics behind Brett Kavanaugh's nomination and the Senate battle ahead". PBS. OPB. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Opinion - A Liberal's Case for Brett Kavanaugh". Retrieved July 16, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Why social conservatives are disappointed that Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh". Retrieved July 16, 2018. 
  10. ^ Graham, Ruth. "How Christian Conservatives Are Reacting to Trump's Supreme Court Pick". Retrieved July 16, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Open Letter from Yale Law Students, Alumni, and Educators Regarding Brett Kavanaugh". Google Docs. Retrieved July 11, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Brett Kavanaugh '90 Nominated to U.S. Supreme Court". Retrieved July 11, 2018. 
  13. ^ Seelinger, Lani. "When Will Brett Kavanaugh's Senate Confirmation Hearing Be? The Process Won't Be Quick". Bustle.